By Laura Clout
Last Updated: 2:36PM BST 07/07/2008
Whether alien activity or natural phenomena, reports of UFOs have flooded in this summer from across the country.
Plotted on a map of Britain, the sightings can be seen to stretch from Liverpool to Dover and from Llanelli to Derby.
Whatever the explanation, experts agree that the number of suspected flying saucers has hit unusual highs this summer.
Malcolm Robinson, who studies the phenomenon, said: “Something very bizarre is happening in the skies over the UK.”
The founder member of Strange Phenomena Investigations, added: “There has been an unusual number of sightings recently.
“Some experts believe it could be linked to global warming and craft from outer space are appearing because they are concerned about what man is doing to this planet.”
Among mysterious flying objects spotted in recent months was a ‘glowing’ disc spotted above the M5 motorway.
Royal Navy aircraft engineer Michael Madden said he watched the UFO for three minutes before it ‘zoomed off’ near Weston-super-Mare in Somerset.
Earlier, in Basingstoke, witnesses claimed to have seen a fleet of 12 orange objects in the night sky for half an hour.
And in St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan a police helicopter crew gave chase to another UFO after it appeared to veer at speed towards their aircraft.
One UFO spotter however was left red-faced after his report of a mysterious flying saucer in South Wales turned out to be nothing more other-worldly than the moon.
They aren’t kidding. I’ve never seen so many reports in such a short space of time.